148 MFE OF all the royal palaces, and not a clay passes that lie does not see the king. In spite of Ids eighty-one years he works unwearicdly in those hours which arc not occupied^by the court; he is active and punctual in his immense correspondence, aii<l answers ovoty letter of the humblest scholar with, the most amiablo affability. The inhabitants of Berlin and Potsdam all know him personally, and show him as much honour as they show the king. "With a slow but firm stop, a thoughtful head, rather bent forward, whoso features are benevolent with a dignified oxpi'oHsion of noblo calmness, either looking down, or politely responding to the greetings of the passers by with kindness, and without pride \ in a simple dress, frequently holding a pamphlet in his hand, resting on Ids bacli, so ho wanders frequently through the streets of Berlin and Potsdam, alone and unostentatiously, a noble picture of a blade of wheat bendmg beneath the weight of its numerous rich golden ears. Wherever ho appears he is received by tokens of universal esteem, the passers- by timidly step aside for fear of disturbing hint in his thoughts; even the working man looks respectfully after him, and says to his neighbour, "there goes Humboldt/"* And whoever has had the happiness of conversing with him., never forgets the force of his lucid, simple, natural, and xinaffected conversation-, for in everything he says, depth and learning, clearness and unbounded knowledge, are revealed without any of the pride of learning, the stiff pedantry and precise- ness of many German men of science. Hximbolclt .has evidently been educated in the highest society; Ms manner is dignified, open, unaffected, and frank; he has lived with all nations, and adopted and united in himself the advantages of all. With the name Humboldt, a whole world seems to rise before the mind's eye. We involuntarily see him standing on the highest points of the Cordilleras or the^Altai, and looking down into the realms of nature, gazing into the depths of the ocean and into the boundless expanse of heaven like an inspired prophet.